Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oh That Ten-Ten

I don't know who drew this, but it was a good excuse for me to post a blog entry about the character that is the butt joke of the Naruto series where I frequently discuss all things Naruto, Ten-Ten.

Careful observers of Naruto will note that, despite being a weapons expert, Ten-Ten has managed to hit JACK throughout the Naruto series. Even when she becomes a Chunin after the time skip, she's still scrubtacular. Makes you wonder how she got anywhere in the ninja world. She's had fewer appearences than my favorite female character, Hinata. TenTen really is the character you love to hate because she more or less fails at everything.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Spidey Loves MJ #1 Varriant

I'm not really one for varriant covers, (you know, stupidly high prices and all) but I do like the one for Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1. The image of a teenage MJ holding a Spidey doll and staring out into space is cute. Now I want a Spidey plush toy.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Love Mary Jane

Guess who's back, guess who's back? Yup, my (and Peter Parker's) favorite redhead makes a return for season two of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane.

Regrettably, I didn't buy a single issue of any of the previous three Mary Jane series. I feel like scum for not doing so because I've heard nothing but good things about them from the reviews on Ah well, that's what trades are for and rest assured, I will be picking the digest trades of Mary Jane, Mary Jane: Homecoming, and the hardcover of SMLMJ.

Terry Moore handles the writing duties for season two of SMLMJ. I haven't read any of his other works, but if the first issue of season two of SMLMJ is any indication, he's a very worthy successor to Sean McKeever. My comic shop was sold out of the first issue but I was told they would be getting more next week. I don't know if they didn't get a lot of copies in, or a lot of people had it put on their comic files. So in addition to getting SMLMJ #1 on my file, I've got the whole series on hold for me. Nothing is gonna stop me from reading this series. Nothing.

SMLMJ #1 is a more or less a setup issue. We open with MJ's hilarious dream about Spidey Kong and then we're off to see MJ starting her sophomore year in high school. Liz now has black hair, and MJ is going to start working part time at a hair salon. Between work, school, and drama club, MJ is gonna be one busy teen. Speaking of drama, Zoe, a student in the drama club appears to be having some troubles and if I had to guess, I'm betting that, like MJ, she comes from broken home. When asked to act like she needs help, she cried and simply said "help," convincing the drama teacher that she was a real need of help. The teacher thought she was acting but she wasn't. That was a genuine cry for help. I want to see more unfold on Zoe's problems.

If anything is really different with MJ in season two of SMLMJ it's that MJ is seriously crushing on Peter. Girl isn't even trying to hide it. MJ openly flirts with Peter during football practice, a nice step up from MJ not being able to tell Peter how she felt about him in vol. 1 of SMLMJ.

Shame that this is only a 5 issue mini-series because I'd gladly read this if it were on-going. Not too many first issues are able to hit the ground running but this one succeeds. Craig Rousseau does a good job with the art. In fact I wouldn't mind seeing him on Marvel Adventures Spider-Man sometime, or Ultimate Spider-Man.

With no MJ in the Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, (don't get me started on Amazing Spider-Man. I'm not even going there) reading SMLMJ #1 made me realize how much I miss the character. She is without question my favorite female character in comics. It seems like only a handful of writers are really trying to make MJ interesting. Far too many of them have fallen back on having her worried about Peter when he's out as Spidey or making her nothing more than a model. She's far, far more than that.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Some Mackie Issues

When I went to pick up my copy of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (which will get it's own blog entry), I decided I'd finally buy a few issues from Howard Mackie's run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man, the one before the '99 reboot. Mackie gets a bad rap, much of which comes from the aforementioned reboot, which is considered by many to be one of the worst periods in Spidey history, if not the worst. The stick of that particular Spidey era came from a writer who admitted to being burned out on the character, tons of editorial interference, and just plain horrid writing. Outside a few issues here and there, I understand it was pretty bad. Before the reboot, he put out some nice stories. I enjoyed the issues he did when Ben Reily was Spidey and though I didn't like John Romita Jr's art at the time, I've come to have a huge appreciation for his style now.

The Mackie issues I picked up were before the reboot era. I bought two and both were in the dollar bin. The first that I read was PPSM #82. We've got Spidey dealing with an riot on campus, which circles around people's fear of mutants. I'll get right to the point; this issue sucked. I'd hoped I would like it, but it sucked. Paul Stacy is a d-bag and the mutant hate group thing doesn't seem done anywhere near as well as it is in the current pages of Amazing Spider-Girl. I agree with the reviewer of of this issue. I would have scored it the same, had I reviewed it.

Thankfully, PPSM #94 was a much better read. Spidey and Jill Stacy are investigating the murder of Joey Z, and it's bringing them both all kinds of trouble. Even without knowing why the Kingpin or Ox was involved, this was one was pretty entertaining. For those not in the know, Joey Z was a dude that Norman Osborn killed and set Spidey up to take the blame. Spidey is haunted by his death, even though he never knew the guy, and Jill thinks that if she can find out about Joey, she'll find out who Spidey is and know just how her cousin, Gwen died. At the end, Spidey shows up at Jill's place to have a chat about her cousin. I wasn't crazy about the hinting at a possible relationship with Peter and Jill, but hey, we all know where that went and it didn't take away my liking of this issues. One of Mackie's better efforts.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spidey vs. Juggy

It actually took me a few days to get around to reading some of the comics on The Amazing Spider-Man The Complete Collection DVD-ROM. After spending what seemed like an eternity to get it, you'd think I'd have read dozens of issues by now. Nope. All I've read are two issues.

Before I get into the two part story that I've read, I'd like to say a few things about this DVD-ROM collection. The comics on here are not reprints with touched up coloring. These are the original comics. That all the letter's pages, the original coloring, everything from the original comic has been reproduced here. The shuddering "Snap" next to Gwen's neck in Amazing Spider-Man #121? It's there. The original comics being burned on this disc, to me, shows that a lot of care went into making it.

As for the stories I read, when I first popped this disc in, I went straight to ASM #229, part one of Spidey's tussle with Juggernaut. Juggy is coming for Madam Web and even with all her power, she can't do a thing to stop him. So she calls Spider-Man to her aid but, big surprise, he can't do much either. Juggy yanks Madam Web from her life support system and she goes into convulsions. Madam Web is on the verge of death and Spidey isn't too happy about that. So he vows to stop the unstoppable "or die trying."

ASM #230 is a little more of the same, Spidey trying different methods to stop Juggy only this time on a much larger scale. He actually drives a tanker truck full of gasoline smack dab into Juggy and it doesn't even faze him, which brings me to why I like this story. No matter what Spider-Man did, he could not stop this guy. Juggernaut's power is that which cannot be stopped. Steel beams, trucks, the usual sneak attacks; nothing Spidey tried would work. He got so desperate that he jumped on Juggy's back, covered his eyes so he couldn't see where he was going, and Juggy stumbled into a 40 foot ditch of wet cement. It may have been pure, dumb luck, but in a fight like that, I'd gladly take it.

I was a little disappointed that this story didn't live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, I though this was a good story, I just didn't think it was great. The best aspect of this story is the message: never give up. Spidey hung in there to the bitter end and came out of it alive. Sometimes life craps on you and you just gotta hang in there, no matter what. This story sends that message loud and clear and for that reason, it's a winner in my book.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Yaay, Comics!

I haven't talked about Ultimate Spider-Man on here for some time now. Personally, I thought USM #123 sucked. All the issue did was have Eddie Brock ramble on and on about what he's been doing since we saw him last in USM #38. The symbiote has messed Eddie up, we get it. I don't think I'd felt that bored with an issue of USM for long while.

Anyway, USM #124 was a better read, but I still think this Symbiote War arc could use more steam. Peter is suffering from nasty headaches, brought on by Venom. For those of you that don't know, in USM, not only does Venom trigger Peter's spider-sense, he overloads it so much that Peter gets headaches, which cause him a great deal of pain. In the USM video game, these headaches stopped when the symbiote reattached itself to Peter for a short time. The current story uses story elements from the game and in USM #124, Spidey met and named the Beetle, who didn't say anything the whole fight. Silver Sable and her Wild Pack capture Venom. I'd hope the story would have advanced farther than this but if I heard right, this is a 7 part story arc and this was only the second issue. Again, better than the last issue but still room and time for improvement.

I was a huge fan of the '80s toon Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends. In fact I think it was that show that made me a Spidey fan. There was a single issue comic adaption of the series's first episode, "The Triumph of the Green Goblin." The comic sticks pretty close to the episode its based of off. If anything is slightly different here, it's a few words of dialog and even then, it still matches up to the episode's script. The artwork still looks nice, too. For 95 cents, I figured this one was worth snagging.

Will the series ever get a DVD release? Well let's see, '90s X-Men series isn't on DVD, the '90s Spider-Man DVD series still isn't on DVD at least not in full season sets and both of those properties are owned by Disney as is Spidey and His Amazing Friends. So, I think I just answered my own question. Releasing this series on DVD should be a no-brainer for the company. I mean, it really is a quick buck if I ever saw one. But then, I'm not some fool in a suit, running a company so what do I know? Feh.

Man, I love Marvel Adventures Spider-Man. Done-in-one stories, each issue. If Marvel wants to bring in new readers for any title, they should focus on this type of storytelling from time to time.

Anyhoo, in this issue Peter/Spidey meets the Puma. Now I know I may be in the minority, but I've always dug Puma. The first I'd read about him was in Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide. I was able to read more about him when I picked up a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #257, part of a two-parter of Spidey's first encounter with Puma. But I digress.

Black Cat returns in this issue. She first showed up in MASM #14. She hasn't changed her ways and this time she steals a wooden kitty from Puma, which gets her mixed up with the big guy. She tries to make it look like Spidey stole the wooden cat, which leads to your typical super hero misunderstanding fight, which Spidey even comments on when things are quickly patched up. Spidey & Puma team up to take down Cat, they get the statue back and all is well in MASM world.

The art for this title continues to impress me. Vicenc Villagrasa IMO ranks up there with the artists that have worked on ASM in BND. MASM is very fortunate to have such talent on the book. Anyone that reads my blog knows I'm a fan of Marc Sumerak's work and I hope he stays on MASM for a long time.

Brand New May gets better with every issue. I was thinking "Oh snap!" when I saw the last panel of ASG #22. That's nothing compared to the ending of ASG #23. Here's what happened in this issue:

Peter goes nutso and attacks Kaine, thinking he knew about the May clone, which he is obviously completely in the dark about. Spider-Girl and Darkdevil step into to keep Peter from knocking Kaine's block off.

Gene is still being a whiny, annoying boyfriend. He's so jerkish to Mayday that May ends up telling Wes that she made a mistake in stopping Gene from hitting him. She then brushes him off in the school halls. Not cool, Mayday. It isn't Wes' fault Gene is an S class a-hole. This is high school. Gene needs to grow a pair and a spine or he won't survive (if we're lucky he won't =) )

Speaking of Wes, he over hears that skank Simone telling a friend of hers that she knows Gene sabotaged May's run for student council. He was the one writing "Loser" on her campaign posters just so she'd spend more time with his selfish, lonely hide. This is the guy Mayday is so desperate to keep? Ugh. Wes also hears Simone say that if Gene gets back with May, she'll humiliate them both. Wes will no doubt try to warn May of what could happen but since she's already dissed him, (and with all the other crap going on in her life) that probably won't be easy.

At the end of the issue Mayday comes face-to-face with her clone. Clone Mayday is not happy with Mayday. She thinks she stole her life and it's time for some payback. The stuff has officially hit the fan and it's gonna fly everywhere. When does ASG #24 come out?!

Spectacular Spidey Swings on DVD

Mark your calenders for September 9th, Spidey fans. That's the day when vol. 1 of The Spectacular Spider-Man hits DVD. The first volume contains the first three episodes of season one. That's "Survival of the Fittest," "Interactions," and "Natural Selection." However, instead of keeping each episode by itself as they were when they aired on TV, these episodes will be fused into one full-length feature, as the DVD cover says. We'll also get some addition footage that didn't make it into the TV shows due to time and S&P reasons (Standards & Practices). Consider me stoked.

spideran_rj did his very own DVD cover releases. Personally, I think they look pretty epic. Check 'em out below.

A Fan's Opinion of BND, 7 Month's After Pt. II

So no one can say I don't recognize the pro side of BND, I've decided to post the counter argument to the anti-BND editorial. Like the anti side, it isn't anything you haven't already read and anyone that reads my blog knows that I hate BND with a passion and at this point, I've just agreed to disagree with those that like BND.

I'd also like to say that as of now, I'm going to try my best to keep BND stuff out of my blog. I'm sick of it and I'm sure many other anti-BND fans are sick of it, so if I talk about anything Spidey related, you can better your Spidey underoos that it won't be about the editorial mandated Spidey.

See ya next blog entry!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Fan's Opion of BND 7 Month's After

I was browsing the Crawl Space Message boards when I came across a thread that linked to an interesting editorial. It's pretty much more of the same from a fan who doesn't like the new direction, but I I enjoyed reading it. While I don't think it really matters how long you've been reading Spidey as to whether your opinion is valid or not, I do think it's worth stating that this guy has been reading Spidey for a long time, Amazing Spidey more than anything. Yeah, he's up there in age, but he's also a huge fan, one of the many Marvel has turned away. The longtime fans is where a good chunk of the green comes from when it comes to comics. How long will it take Marvel to realize that it isn't a good idea to bite the hand that feeds them?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Will Spidey Still Be Here Years From Now?

Yes. Yes, he will be. How do I know this? He's remained popular for over 40 years. He started out as a comic book character and while he's still a character in comics, many people recognize Spidey in other forms of media, like the movies and cartoons. The wall-crawler is a cash cow for selling merchandise. Pencils, coffee mugs, bed sheets, shoes; I honestly can't think of anything Spidey hasn't appeared on. To think he'd suddenly fall off the face of the Earth is ludicrous.

But something Joe Q said has me thinking that Marvel is concerned about the long term status of Spider-Man. Joe said this months ago and I'm not gonna post a direct link for a number of reasons: A. I'm too lazy. B. I really can't stomach digging for exact quotes from the man because after reading a five part interview with him about One More Day, I've had all the Joe Q I can stand. C. Enough people know how Joe Q works so you shouldn't have any reason to believe I'm putting words into his mouth. I'm going to paraphrase what Joe said.

"Its my job to make sure Spider-Man stays fresh for every fan that comes in the door and keep him that way for the next generation."

Joe Q said something to that effect. One side of my brain says that's a load of poppycock, but the rational side of my brain says he probably does believe in preserving the iconic status of Spidey in the comics. He's probably got good intentions, but hey, the road to Hell is also paved with good intentions.

I'm well aware of all the good stuff Joey has done for Marvel. Brought them out of bankruptcy, allowed for more trade paper back books to be published, getting more money to roll Marvel's way. From a business standpoint, Joe Q may be the best EiC Marvel has ever had. However, I really don't think Joe or anyone else at Marvel needs to worry about making sure Spidey sticks around (pun kinda intentional). As I already said, he's been here for over 40 years. No matter how bad they screw up the comics, Amazing Spider-Man will not be canceled and Spidey will not suddenly vanish.

I'd really like to stay away from the Brand New Day mess in this blog entry, but when talking about keeping Spidey "fresh", it's hard not to bring it up. Everything was done in OMD and BND was done to preserve the appeal of Spider-Man. He was made single again, he works at the Bugle again, and he once again has a string of near endless bad luck. That may sound like the good old days, but it really isn't keeping the character fresh, and the execution of the stories is actually a lot worse the era the writers are trying to emulate. Joe thinks Spidey works best stuck doing the same old, same old. Marvel's desire to keep Spidey vital is actually hurting the character more than anything else.

Personally, I think Joe Q and many others at Marvel have their priorities out of whack when it comes to Spidey. What Marvel needs to do is not focus on keeping Spidey fresh, but set their sights on telling good stories. Oh, sure someone will say "But they are focused on telling good stories!" Are they? Have you heard what Marvel says at comic cons and in interviews? There's so much talk about keeping Spidey "young" "fresh" that Marvel can't see the forest for the trees. When your character has been around for four decades, YOU DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT KEEPING HIM FRESH! Have faith in the character and the writers to tell good stories. Spidey was still around during the Clone Saga and the debacle that was the '98 reboot. If the Earth is still here for another 40 years, Spidey will be here another 40 years. He isn't going anywhere no matter how badly Marvel mucks him up with their good intentions.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Spidey Super Score!

I was in Circuit City yesterday, killing time before my bus arrived so I could go home. Browsing the computer software section, I noticed they had a few copies of the Fantastic Four & Silver Surfer: The Complete Collection. I figured, if they had some of those, they may have the Amazing Spider-Man: The Complete Collection. Sure enough, they had one copy left and I'm proud to say I am the now the owner of said last copy.

The box isn't nearly as big as I thought it would be. In fact the thing is roughly the size of a DVD case. On top of that, it's pretty light. But really, the thing could be the weight of a toothpick and I wouldn't care. One of my most coveted Spidey collections is finally mine!! Now I can read "Where Cometh the Commuter," "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut" and I can see for myself how bad the '98 reboot really was. So yeah, I'll be talking about the issues I read that I've never read before as I go along.

Delta House Member

I've never seen the movie Animal House, but since I've become a member of the Crawl Space Message Boards Anti-OMD/BND club, Delta House, I think I'll do myself a favor and pick the movie up. From what I hear, the film is really good. The club was founded on the fellow Spidey fan George Berryman getting this image in hi his head every time Quesada or some other tool says that BND is selling like gangbusters.

Anyway, I joined the club a few days ago. My Delta House club name is Cash. Check out my member card to the left. George made that up for me. Pretty flippin' sweet.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Spidey's Origin, the Abridged Version

This is from the King Size Spider-Man Summer Special one-shot. The opening page has Spidey sum up his origin in three short word balloons. Its one of the funniest things I've seen in a Spider-Man comic book. The first issue of All-Star Superman summed up the man of steel's origin in eight words.

"Doomed planet."
"Desperate scientists."
"Last hope."
"Kindly couple."

Spidey does it with just six words.

"Got bit."
"Uncle died."
"Fight crime."

'Nuff said indeed.

A Few More Dragon Ball Pics

Looks like a few Disney artists drew this one. Goku reminds me of Disney's Aladdin.

Did someone take Goku's food? Jokes aside, I've always loved the Super Saiyan 2 form. It's my favorite, topping even Super Saiyan 3.

The only thing missing from this picture is Trunks saying "OWNED!" Vegeta got his butt handed to him more than anyone else in the series. Kinda sad.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Joker Gets Serious

Now I don't know if this would actually be enough to make the Joker kill Harley but I found this comic from SNAFU to be pretty hilarious.

Extra Thick Spidey Books

I could not wait for August 6th to get here because Amazing Spider-Man Family #1 was released. So I walk into my comic shop on Wednesday and there it is... with the frickin' Brand New Day logo splashed across the top. Ugh. I already know ASMF has BND content in there, the last thing I need to see is the blasted BND logo. Enough, Marvel, we get the dumb point. You're proud of your botched attempt to fix Spidey.

Annnnyway, the ASMF's first story kicks off with a trip to the past where we see Peter dealing with the death of uncle Ben and learning the ropes as hero. Yes, the beginning of Spidey's career has been milked to death over the last few years, but this is still a good story, done by Spidey veteran JM DeMatties. The art has a retro feel to it and from the way everyone's dressed, it evokes the look and tone of the Lee/Ditko era. Being new to the hero gig, Peter naturally makes a few mistakes his first two nights out as Spidey. These screw ups don't feel forced and these are really the kind mistakes you'd expect a 15-16 year old hero to make, not like the constant rookie blunders you see in BND. First story in ASMF and we've already got the goods. Towards the end of SMF's life, the opening stories were disappointing so I'd love for ASMF's openers too keep this excellent moment that ASMF #1 has started.

There's a Marvel Monkey's short with Spider-Monkey lifting the big weight off his shoulders a la the Master Planner Trilogy in ASM #33. Uh, what to say here... NEXT!

Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man. I'd hope these stories would be more than 12 pages, but I'll take what I can get. If you want to read stories about a married Spider-Man, you need to buy ASMF. These stories will serve as the prequel to the Spider-Girl series. Aunt May? Still dead and buried 6 feet under ever since ASM #400. And baby Mayday is just so cuuuuuuute! Since Peter has a family he struggles with the burden he puts on MJ and Mayday. During his fight with the Lizard, Peter thinks of what his family would do if he was killed in battle. If that's not an everyday, realistic, I-can-relate-to-that-guy hero, I don't know what is. I personally didn't think it was a spectacular story, but it wasn't bad either. It worked for me and I'll be back for the next story in ASMF #2.

Next story is some cow dung from BND about aunt May. Sucky as it was, I miss Spider-Man J. NEEEEEEXT!

A reprint of ASM #300, Spidey's first battle with Venom. Even if Brock's reasons for hating Spidey have never made sense, I still enjoy Spidey & Venom's first battle. A good choice to reprint.

The King Size Spider-Man Summer Special (man, that is one loooong title) features a few different Spider-Man stories and not a lick of them have anything to do with BND. Nice.

I've always wanted a girls night out story with MJ and I got just that with the opener. Unfortunately it wasn't everything I was hoping for. Basically MJ teams up with other Marvel heroines to stop Enchantress. There were a number of laugh out loud moments but I felt the story was merely OK.

Story two is a two page short where Spidey breaks Modok's chair and helps him find a new. Cute.

Story three has Spidey teaming up with the Falcon. Lots of witty banter between the two. Good stuff..

Finally, there's a Mini Marvels story that isn't just a single page. No, sir, this story is roughly the size of a regular 22 page comic! About time! I've always wanted a Mini Marvels story that was more than one page. Spidey and Venom have difficulty delivering a paper to the Green Goblin (because he always tries to kill them) on their own so Jameson makes them deliver the paper as a team. Spidey and Venom put their differences aside and get the job done in the end. Along with the rivalry between Spidey and Venom, I really got a kick out of seeing Norman actually give a rat's butt ox about Harry. When was the last time you actually saw that?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tite Kubo Does Dragon Ball

I finally post a sweet Dragon Ball pick AND know the name oft he author who drew it. It took me a few seconds to figure it out but after looking at Trunks and Piccolo, it became evident that this piece was done by Bleach creator Tite Kubo. Heh, I'm getting better at picking out people's art styles.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Why Some Heroes Shouldn't Go Public w/Their Secret ID

I'm not a reader of Daredevil but this particular panel was pointed out to me on the Comic Book Resource Forums, and I felt it was worth mentioning.

The panel to the right is taken from Daredevil #60 volume 2. This was back when Brian Bendis was writing Horn Head and during his run on the book, he outed DD's secret identity to the public. Matt's life was in utter turmoil as a result. Seeing what DD went through convinced Spidey never to reveal his ID. At least until Civil War.

If I had the kind of enemies Spider-Man does, there's no way I'd take off the mask in public. That just opens up the floodgates for trouble. However, if Peter were written in character, he never would have unmasked in the first place. But then, Marvel had to have Peter act out of character so they could have his life so messed up so they could rest everything with One More Day. Man, the things a company will do to "fix" what isn't broke.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Another Cool Dragon Ball Pic

Remember back in the day when Master Roshi would make countless passes at Bulma? When Demon King Piccolo terrorized the Earth? Ah, those were good times. Of course when things got even more hectic in Z, those were good times too. The epic first fight Between Goku and Vegeta, Trunks taking out Freeza with no problem whatsoever. Gohan as the Great Saiyaman. OK, so Gohan as a costumed super hero was Gohan at his worst but that part of Gohan's life was meat to be cheesy.

Looking at the above picture reminds me of so many moments in Dragon Ball history. But what's with the dreamy look on Gohan's face?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Marvel, Please Stop Talking

In the dubbed version of Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta once said to Bulma "Every time you open your mouth, you prove you're an idiot." The more Marvel talks about Spider-Man, the more the words ring ever so true.

George Berryman of the Crawl Space forums caught Joe Quesada and Dan Buckley making fools of themselves and I'd like to represent it here in my blog. From CBR's SDCC:

Buckley addressed a "Brand New Day" criticism, saying "That story's not over. We'll deal with that stuff as we go along. He didn't do a deal with the Devil, it's a supervillain in the Marvel universe. There's no religious connotations at all in this series."

Oh really?

Did Buckely actually get those words out with a straight face? Did he even read the crappy story? Ugh, NEXT!

Quesada said, "Go back and read 'One More Day,' and tell me who made the deal? Peter didn't make the deal. It's Mary Jane who makes the deal. This is a story we had to do to get Peter to a particular place. There's more to be told about it. The idea of a Faustian pact, this is a classic part of literature. Peter has always found himself in situations where he thinks he's making the right decision, and it's turned out to be the wrong one. 80 percent of the books I signed in San Diego were 'Brand New Day' and 'One More Day.' If anything, it brings up a good conversation. Just like when a kid comes home and says he beat up his friend in school because that's what Spider-Man does. It's a morality play. Sometimes, the bad guy wins. It's a matter of how you wanna perceive the story."

Oh, Joey, this page would like to have a word with you.

Actually, I don't need to go back and read part 4 of OMD. That entire scene is forever etched into my brain as I'm sure it is many a Spider-Man fan. Joe Q is trying to place the blame on MJ. Well it takes two to tango and the deal couldn't be done unless Peter agreed to it, which he did. Joe, stop trying to keep Peter from looking like a scumbag. Its much too late for that.